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Bengal Bouts: Quarterfinals, 170 pounds

Observer Sports Writers | Friday, February 25, 2011

Connor “The Skeletor” Skelly def. Daniel “Dan Dan Revolution” Chapman

Both fighters bided their time in the opening seconds of the bout, as Skelly attempted to use his considerable arm span to make contact with Chapman, but the Stanford junior blocked most of early jabs. “The Skeletor” opened the second round by fending off an offensive barrage from Chapman, and retaliated with a straight punch that landed on the side of Chapman’s head. The Stanford junior dealt a few blows to Skelly’s abdomen early in the third round, but he was repaid with an audible punch to the face, and “The Skeletor” was declared the winner by unanimous decision.

Nick Severyn def. Joseph “Send in the Troll” Garrity

Severyn waited a few moments before unleashing a barrage on Garrity, who immediately returned the favor, and the two flew around the ring trading punches for the rest of the first round. Garrity, a junior from Dillon, tried to land the first punch of the second round, but he was countered by Severyn, who quickly took control of the round. Garrity again threw the first punch of the third round, but Severyn returned the junior’s effort with a thunderous blow to the face. Severyn was named the winner of the rousing bout by unanimous decision.

Greg Bennett def. Daniel “The Conquistador” Balcarcel

Bennett, a junior, and Balcarcel, a sophomore, each took similar styles in the first round. Both competitors attempted numerous large punches, but neither landed many, as both were too far apart from each other, with a defensive strategy, and the round finished even.

In the second round, Bennett came out aggressive, landing a barrage of punches and pushing Balcarcel back against the ropes. Balcarcel responded strongly, landing some jabs of his own, but Bennett ended the round on top, as he took control near the end.

The third round lacked the intensity of the second as each boxer took a careful approach. Balcarcel landed some jabs late in the round, but it was not enough to win, as Bennett was awarded the match by split decision.

Robert “I’m All Jacked Up on Mountain Dew” Manfreda def. Kevin Kray

Early in the round, neither fighter attempted to do too much, with few heavy punches thrown. However, as the round continued, the sophomore Manfreda began to take control, by knocking Kray, a senior, to the ropes on three separate occasions.

The second round began similarly to how the first round ended, as Manfreda knocked Kray into the corner again. Manfreda continued to hold control of the match, landing a series of punches.

In the third, Kray came out strong, trying to even the match, and landed a few jabs successfully. He continued his strong round by landing some uppercuts, but he could not make up enough of the deficit, and Manfreda won by split decision.